Do You think they are kidding? Alinsky’s Demonic Ends Aspired

By John B. Manos / June 10, 2016 /

The Forum has been warning people about Alinsky for over twenty years. I saw this floating around on the Internets and it’s a good summary of the many things we discuss from time to time. Regular and long time readers will recognize it, but is there more? I am always amazed at the disconnect that seems…

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Catholics Funding “System Change” – CCHD money supporting Soviet Workforce Training

By Stephanie Block / October 4, 2015 /

Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports government takeover of education   It’s helpful to examine what the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is funding in a given locality.  Such an examination provides a small cross-section, with very concrete examples, of where its progressive political advocacy is headed. In the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, CCHD grants,…

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Catholic Action versus Alinskyian Organizing

By Stephanie Block / May 15, 2015 /

For years, apologists for Alinskyian organizing have been trying to make the case that such organizing is a development of Catholic Action and therefore deserves support and respect.  For instance, a 2011 National Catholic Reporter article reported that several speakers at a Catholic Campaign for Human Development seminar expressed the idea that community organizing – specifically citing the work…

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Truth in Advertising: Promoting the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Chicago

By Stephanie Block / November 5, 2014 /

One long-standing complaint about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an annual Catholic “poverty” appeal, is that it has consistently misrepresented its work to the people from whom it solicits donations. CCHD exists to create progressive social change. An analysis of CCHD’s nation-wide 2013-2014 grants – using the most recent information available 1 –…

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CCHD 2013-2014: Hasn’t the Catholic Campaign for Human Development improved? Not even a little…?

By Stephanie Block / October 14, 2014 /

New year; new grants list…and as has happened several times before, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has claimed to have undergone a major reform overhaul. CCHD Reform Started Right Here The first CCHD reform was provoked by a 1997 Wanderer Forum Foundation analysis and commentary of the Campaign that demonstrated the CHD was spending…

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Controlled Burn, Alinskyian organizing, and Common Core (Book Review)

By Stephanie Block / February 18, 2014 /

Controlled Burn Alinskyian organizing and Common Core: A Book Review of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform By Mark R. Warren, Karen L. Mapp, and the Community Organizing and School Reform Project, Oxford University Press (2011) The title of this book, A Match on Dry Grass, is a…

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“Bolshevizing” the Church: Your Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dollars at work

By Stephanie Block / January 18, 2014 / Comments Off on “Bolshevizing” the Church: Your Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dollars at work

Educator Paulo Freire – who was deeply influenced by the socialist Antonio Gramsci(1) – came to the United States in the late 1960s after he was exiled from Brazil for “bolshevizing the country.” (2) In the U.S., he spread his educational theories to many of the era’s foremost progressive activists, among them Saul Alinsky, and…

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Getting Testy about Testing

By Stephanie Block / December 12, 2013 /

You know, it wasn’t that long ago that Johnny – and Juan – could read. They could recite the multiplication table, too, and could quickly make change, tally a ledger, and calculate simple percentages. Their teachers didn’t teach to a test; they taught basic, academic content. Johnny’s score on standardized tests – and Juan’s –measured…

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Expanding the System: “Local” Alinskyian organizing acclimatizes the locals to accept the unacceptable

By Stephanie Block / July 15, 2013 /

What happens when grassroots political activism organized with Alinsky’s luciferian tactics decide to give you health care? It looks a lot like many of the social justice movements that operate on CCHD cash, with about the same concern for Catholic social teaching that any other hell-born and inspired movement could have… See who has been organizing to give you health care and how they work within your parish.

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Film Review: Occupy Unmasked – Looking at the organized roots of “Occupy Wall Street”

By Stephanie Block / July 10, 2013 /

Ever wonder what happens to the cash that the CCHD spent into alinsky-type Marxist groups? One good theory is presented in a documentary on the so-called occupy movement. Stephanie Block reports on whether this film documentary is worth watching and what it reveals.

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